Special Issue "Nanomechanical and Optical Biosensors"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Mar Alvarez
Guest Editor
Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona (IMB-CNM), CSIC, Barcelona, Spain
Interests: nanomechanical sensors; biosensors; opto-mechanical systems; plasmonics; photonics; lab-on-a-chip; point-of-care
Dr. Xavier Muñoz-Berbel
Guest Editor
Institut de Microelectrònica de Barcelona IMB-CNM (CSIC), Barcelona, Spain
Interests: optoelectronics, optical sensors; biosensors; MEMS; microfabrication technologies.
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Currently, there is a huge demand for rapid, accessible, and affordable tools for the decentralized analysis of samples in many different areas, including environmental, food analysis, and healthcare. Nanomechanical and optical biosensors have been demonstrated to be powerful and promising tools for biosensing due to their small size, fast response, high sensitivity, and compatible integration into point-of-care (POC) devices. Advances in nanofabrication technologies and nanomaterials has enabled the achievement of smaller transducers with improved analytical performances (e.g. shorter response times, larger dynamic ranges, and unprecedented sensitivities).    

The aim of this Special Issue is to report recent advancements in nanoscience and nanotechnology leading to the new generation of nanomechanical, optomechanical, and optical biosensors for healthcare diagnostics, food quality control, and environmental monitoring. It is envisaged that this will cover a wide range of sensors, including nanomechanical, opto-mechanical, photonic, plasmonic, and optical biosensors that measure absorbance, reflectance, scattering, and/or fluorescence in the ultraviolet, visible, or near-infrared spectral region.

Dr. Mar Alvarez
Dr. Xavier Muñoz-Berbel
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • nanomechanical
  • opto-mechanical
  • optical
  • nanoparticles
  • nanostructures
  • nanomaterials
  • plasmonics
  • photonics
  • photonic crystals
  • spectroscopy

Published Papers

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